Integrated and multi-sectorial social development initiatives are essential to overcome hunger and poverty, to ensure food and nutritional security, and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. How to implement social protection systems is one of the most frequently requested topics by partner countries of the Centre of Excellence for knowledge exchange, technical capacity strengthening and continued technical assistance. Throughout 2016, the WFP Centre organized different learning opportunities in this area, in addition to specific technical assistance initiatives directly to countries (more information on the Map).
Around 150 experts and representatives from countries in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia gathered to share best practices and discuss the institutional, technological and contextual integration of databases and information systems, in the context of social protection policies. The International Seminar on Database Integration and Information Systems for Public Policy Improvement took place in Brasilia, on 5 and 6 April. The event was organized by the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger, in partnership with the Brazil Learning Initiative for a World without Poverty (WWP).
During the event, countries that were able to reduce fragmentation in their information systems – such as Australia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Latvia – highlighted the lessons learned and the challenges they faced in the process. The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger supported the participation of representatives from The Gambia, Mozambique, and Ethiopia, who could take part in the discussions about the potential paths to integrate databases in different contexts.